For the most current schedule of tours, programs, and other events hosted by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Program and Events Guide

For volunteer workday schedules, log in Volgistics and view the calendar.


FEBRUARY - Annual Alliance Winter Hike
2019: Saturday, February 2. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Explosive Road Parking Lot. We will hike south on Henslow Trail to the Prairie Creek Bridge. Dress appropriately. If it snows, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis.  Lunch to follow at Hayden's Crossing Restaurant in Wilmington. 
MARCH - Annual Alliance Spring Hike
2019: Sunday, March 24.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the Wauponsee Glacial Trail (WGT) Parking Lot.  We will hike south on the WGT to the Bailey Bridge Trail.  Lunch to follow at the Road House Restaurant in Manhattan. 

MARCH - 2019 Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet & Silent Auction
2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019, 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Center in downtown Joliet.  This invitation only event recognizes the many volunteers who qualified with their service times during the year with a dinner, awards and short program.  We are accepting items for the Silent Auction.  All proceeds will be placed in the Alliance Bison Fund and used for bison related purchases.  
JULY- Alliance Annual Meeting & Picnic
2019:  Saturday, July 13, 6 p.m. Midewin volunteers, staff, friends, and family are invited to an evening potluck picnic and (very short) Alliance meeting on the Midewin Supervisor's Office back patio.  The Alliance will supply the meats/veggies and beverages.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Food served at 6 p.m., rain or shine. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Day Trip Outing (Revised)
2019:  Sunday, July 14.  Meet at 10:00 a.m.  A guided tour of Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve.  Lunch at Jones-eez Bar-B-Q Pork'n Smokehouse in Braidwood.  After lunch a visit to Hadley Valley Preserve in Homer Glen.  Please RSVP to Jerry Heinrich at or 815)476-6171.  More details in the July-Sept newsletter.
SEPTEMBER - National Public Lands Day 2019
2019: Saturday, September 28, 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  All are welcome to volunteer to help harvest seed and salvage plants, cut brush to protect historical sites and prairie remnants, or monitor streams.  Project teams fill up fast -- to RSVP contact Allison Cisneros, Midewin Project Manager at or 815)474-3808. The Alliance will provide morning refreshments.

DECEMBER - Midewin Alliance Holiday Dinner
2019:  Thursday, December 17, 5 p.m.  Williamson's Restaurant in New Lenox. The Alliance Board of Directors welcome Alliance members to meet them for an informal holiday dinner prior to the Board meeting.
2014 Summer Outing to Sweet Fern

2009 Summer Picnic at Iron Bridge Trailhead

The Alliance provides lunch to volunteers at NPLD.

Celebrating 15 years of volunteer service: Sally Planic and Don Grisham with Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang.